Dentist Lost His Practice After Wrong Diagnosis, He Says
MARTINEZ, Calif. (CN) – A dentist claims he lost his practice because Kaiser improperly diagnosed his leg cramps, in complaint filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court.
Dr. Jeffrey J. Jarvis and his wife, Pamela, sued Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Kaiser Permanente Insurance Corp., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the Permanente Medical Group.
Jarvis, a longtime patient, says he first came to Kaiser in 2015 with complaints of tingling, numbness, weakness, cramping, and pain in his legs and arms.
Though his symptoms continued to get worse, none of his doctors bothered ordering proper diagnostic tests, including an MRI, according to the complaint.
“Dr. Jarvis’ symptoms became so advanced that they have caused permanent nerve damage to his neck, hands, legs, and overall nervous system. All such action has devastated claimant Dr. Jarvis, causing … severe pain, suffering and emotional distress, financial hardship including loss of income and loss of career, and damage to claimants’ marital relationship,” the complaint states.
The Jarvises seek over $2 million for medical malpractice and loss of consortium, as well as punitive damages.
They are represented by Jonathan Kam with Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison of San Francisco.